Jammu, July 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, nearly 500 elderly Village Defence Committee (VDC) members and Special Police Officers (SPOs) in Kishtwar district will be replaced by young and energetic Hindu goons to threaten and harass Muslim population of the Jammu region.

The step is part of a strategy of the Narendra Modi government to crush Muslims of the region especially in the hilly district. The decision was taken despite opposition by even pro-India politicians like former puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“Keeping in view the present security scenario in Kishtwar town and the overstaying of SPOs in the district (Kishtwar), an overhauling is being done. A process to replace 352 VDC members and 117 VDC SPOs who are above the age of 60 years has been set into motion,” the officer said.

The VDCs were set up in the mid-1990s with the unannounced aim to kill, harass and intimidate pro-freedom leaders and activists in remote and mountainous areas of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramba, Rajouri, Reasi, Kathua and Poonch districts of the region.

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